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Port Washington fishing charters have an excellent reputation that lures in anglers from far and wide, and for good reason. This historic city is nestled along the western shore of Lake Michigan, right where the bottom of the lake drops off fast. What does this mean? Well, these deeper waters hold plenty of world-famous fish. Depart from Port Washington, and you’ll spend a lot less time traveling to the hotspots – and a lot more time casting a line!
 
Exploring Lake Michigan from Port Washington really showcases a Great Lakes fishing adventure at its finest. The season here kicks off in April, when Coho and Chinook Salmon start patrolling the waters around the harbor. These species are the superstars of Port Washington, and you’ll usually be trolling for them using planer boards. Steelhead, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout are also on offer, with Trout being an especially popular ice fishing target during winter.
 
You’ll find local guides setting up departure points all along Port Washington’s lakefront. In the winter when the lake freezes over, some of these guides switch to running ice fishing adventures around the harbors. Depending on your preferences and level of experience, you can opt for anything from a half day trip to a full day out on the water. Whatever you want from your angling adventure, Port Washington has it in droves!
 

Rules & Regulations

If you’re age 16 or over, you need to purchase a valid Wisconsin fishing license before you cast your first line in Port Washington. Targeting Trout or Salmon? You’ll need to get a Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp, too. 
 
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January

If the weather conditions allow it, try ice fishing along the shoreline and around the harbors of Lake Michigan with a local guide. Trout fishing can be hot even when it’s cold outside!

February

This time of year sees captains and charter boat owners getting ready for the season. Whether it’s a final touch to their boats or vivid dreams about the future catches, the anticipation is strong!

March

This month usually heralds the true start of Port Washington's fishing season. If you're a Steelhead fan, check the spring runoffs in Lake Michigan's tributaries. The Trout bite is also hot in Port Washington's streams! 

April

The waters are alive with Brown Trout, especially in the shallows that are slowly getting warmer. Lake Trout can be found hanging out in the lake's offshore and nearshore waters. Chinooks are also about to arrive!

May

If you're after a quick limit, plenty of Coho, Kings, and Steelhead can be hooked during this month. Huge Brown and Lake Trout are also getting ready to fight in the lake's shallow waters. 

June

June is the perfect time to head out on an action-packed morning trip targeting King Salmon. You can also hook into Steelhead, Lake Trout, and Coho, with each species reaching impressive sizes!

July

The lake’s waters are warmer than ever and the fishing is seriously hot. Visit during July, and your trip could easily result in a mixed bag of Steelhead, Coho, and Kings.

August

Visit in August, and you'll encounter the best that the Great Lakes have to offer – trophy-sized King Salmon. Schools of Steelhead and hauls of Lake Trout make for great target as well!

September

If you haven’t ticked Lake Michigan's Chinook Salmon off your bucket list yet, it’s time to head to the harbor. Good numbers of Steelhead can be found around the harbors and river mouths, too. 

October

Troll for large, spawning Lake Trout on Lake Michigan's reefs. Brown Trout are biting in shallow waters. Catches of non-spawning Chinook Salmon and Steelhead are common in October, too!

November

Most of the boats are out of the water by November, and you might even see Lake Michigan icing over. Why not try your luck and fish from the pier for Trout?

December

If the lake’s waters are covered in ice, you can check the bite close to shore. Some guides may take you to the harbor for Trout, too. 

Port Washington Fishing Calendar

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6 hour trip with Captain Alex
Matt W. fished with Silver Dog Fishing Charters on July 13, 2019
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Find a charter boat and from talking to others who had been fishing the same day as us, I would recommend going out either early morning (if you can find a sunrise charter out there) or do one that will keep you out til sunset because the fish really seemed to come alive as evening set in.
AM Charter with Silver Dog
Christopher H. fished with Silver Dog Fishing Charters on June 15, 2019
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Silver Dog all the way if you looking for a great and engaging experience!
Half day trip with Captain Ruben
Douglas S. fished with Fish-On Guide Services of Wisconsin on May 23, 2019
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Great restaurants and lodging. Watch the weather forecasts and fishing reports and you should have a Great time.
Morning trip with Captain Alex
Jeffrey L. fished with Silver Dog Fishing Charters on July 27, 2018
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Be patient and be ready. Enjoy the beautiful harbor.
5hr trip w/Mark Cassidy, Cast-A-Way Charter
Kenneth J. fished with Cast-A-Way Charters on July 25, 2018
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It is a good location close to the Chicago area, but with a feeling that you are really away from city life and in a resort. It was perfect for a 9 year old boy.
Captain Ruben's Fishing Excursion
Lynette B. fished with Fish-On Guide Services of Wisconsin on June 28, 2018
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Don't take dramamine if it is a calm morning.
6 hour trip
Sue S. fished with Silver Dog Fishing Charters on June 25, 2018
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charter a trip with Silverdog Charter, you will catch fish and have fun doing it. Alex is great!
Fishing with Alex
David D. fished with Silver Dog Fishing Charters on June 21, 2018
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Bring quarters for the parking meters at the Marina and warmer clothes than you think you will need. I gets cooler than you might think out on the water.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Port Washington

According to customer reviews, Hunt N Fish Charters, Silver Dog Fishing Charters, and Fish-On Guide Services of Wisconsin are some of the most popular fishing charters in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Full list of top fishing charters in Port Washington.

Hunt N Fish Charters, Silver Dog Fishing Charters, and Fish-On Guide Services of Wisconsin all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Port Washington.

The best way to experience fishing in Port Washington is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

The top 4 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Port Washington are:

If you're after a quick limit, plenty of Coho, Kings, and Steelhead can be hooked during this month. Huge Brown and Lake Trout are also getting ready to fight in the lake's shallow waters.  Check availability for local fishing charters in Port Washington.

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